Srinagar, Oct 5 : Security forces remained on high alert to foil any law and order problem in Kashmir valley, where strike entered 62nd day on Saturday against scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A, besides dividing the state into two Union Territories on August 5.
The situation remained by and large peaceful across the Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours, officials said adding that there was also no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
Train service, mobile and internet connectivity remained suspended since August 5 in the valley, where students continued to stay from their classes though government announced reopening of Higher Secondary Schools (HSS).
Even though restrictions were eased, the historic Jamia Masjid in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed for devotees since August 5.
The Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and order. No prayers could be offered in the Masjid, including on Fridays, including yesterday, due to restrictions. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was also off the roads. Government offices and bank also remained shut on main roads in the down town and SeK. However, private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers could be seen plying in some areas.
Business and other activities remained closed in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 62 days. Public transport, including State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses, also remained off the roads on Saturday. But, private vehicles were plying on most of the routes in the city and outskirts while a number of cabs were also seen operating on some routes in the morning.
Shops and business establishments continue to function for about three hours from 6am to 9am in the summer capital, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city and other civil lines areas. However, later, all the shops were closed for the day.
Large number of CPMF were seen deployed in strength in the city to prevent any law and order problem. Security forces remained on high alert to close any road with barbed wire within shortest notice. Work in government offices and banks on main roads, particularly in the ground floor, remained affected in the civil lines and uptown.
Elsewhere in the valley, life remained paralysed with all shops and business establishments closed and traffic off the roads on Saturday. Reports of shutdown were also received from south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Awantipora, Tral and Kulgam.
Business and other activities remained shut and public transport off the roads. However, private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes, including on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, where additional security forces remained deployed on the highway to prevent any stone pelting.
Shutdown continued for the 62nd day in this and other north Kashmir districts and tehsil headquarters, a report from Baramulla said. Large number of CPMF remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem. However, private vehicles and some cabs could be seen plying on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. Reports of continued strike were also received from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.
The internet and mobile connectivity of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also remained suspended for the past 61 days in the valley. However, landline telephones are working normally.